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How to Not Watch the Royal Wedding

Congratulations! The digital world has invited you to virtually attend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's marriage this weekend. Frankly, you don't give a damn. But the internet won't let you off the hook so easily. Your news feeds will be littered with the #RoyalFamily and #WhenHarryMetMeg musings unless you do some work to cinch off the firehose before the event begins. Prepare your platforms, adjust your settings, download extensions, and escape the royal wedding with the following prudent suggestions. The event starts early Saturday morning in the US, so do…

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Patrick Melrose review a brilliant portrayal of addiction

Benedict Cumberbatch had long wanted to play Edward St Aubyns character and David Nichollss adaptation shows the actors deep understanding of the role The phone rings, one of those telephones from my childhood, with a curly wire connecting the receiver. A stripy-shirted arm reaches for it tentatively. Hello? says a voice deep, aristocratic, lugubrious and woozy, but unmistakably Benedict Cumberbatch (confirmed when the camera eventually looks higher). There is a delay and an echo on the line (remember that?). Sad news from New York: his father has died. Patrick Melrose,…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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‘Stranger Things 3’ adds unexpected ’80s movie alum

Image: frazer harrison/Getty Images Stranger Things 3 is building up a cast which now includes The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes. Elwes and Jake Busey will join the squad in Hawkins for Season 3 of the hit Netflix show. SEE ALSO: ‘Stranger Things’ fans rejoice: Dad Steve will be back in Season 3

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The Mister Rogers documentary trailer is so hopeful and sweet we could cry

Five little words cemented Fred Rogers in the hearts of America and the history of television. The upcoming documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes a closer look at Rogers, who died in 2003, and the indelible legacy of his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. SEE ALSO: Everyone’s Bringing Back Kids Shows — Here Are 5 We’d Reboot Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted in 1963, and as the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? notes, it went against every model for a successful TV show. Rogers provided children with compassionate messages…

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The Wire, 10 years on: We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead

David Simons anti-cop show struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping, he remembers with amusement. It…

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Watch a teaser for the final season of ‘House of Cards’

If you didn’t get the memo, Kevin Spacey will not be in the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays the ruthless politician Francis Underwood. The sudden, but warranted ousting of Spacey following accusations of sexual misconduct left the show’s writers in a bit of a conundrum. Yet in an unexpected preview of the show’s final season dropped during the Oscars, things are “just getting started.” Played by Robin Wright, Claire Underwood breaks the fourth wall of the teaser to declare that it’s her time to run…

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Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Romes rulers Dalya Alberge Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Michael Hirst, will join forces with Martin Scorsese for a TV drama about the Caesars. Photograph: MGM/Allstar…

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‘This Is Us’ Super Bowl commercial desperately wants to convince you Crock-Pots are innocent

Milo still uses Crock-Pots, people.Image: nbc Warning: Spoilers for the second season of This Is Us ahead. This Is Damage Control at its FINEST. You’ve probably heard by now, but during its last episode NBC’s This Is Us revealed that a faulty Crock-Pot is what started the fire that potentially kills everyone’s favorite TV dad, Jack Pearson. Since then, despite many attempts (and a newly created Twitter account) to convince everyone its products are safe and reliable, Crock-Pot’s brand name has been dragged through the mud and fans are boycotting…

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Spike’s social media went wild in the final days of its existence

Bye, Spike.Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess. TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network. SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can’t wait to see in 2018 So, as the days become numbered, Spike’s social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore.  Welp, since I’m outta here anyway I might as well tell you all…

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Hulu to get family-friendly with new ‘Animaniacs’ seasons

Image: warner bros./hulu Because Emmys and handmaids aren’t enough, Hulu is jumping into the family TV market with a revival of the kooky ’90s series Animaniacs.  Steven Spielberg will executive produce the Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment series for two brand-new seasons. SEE ALSO: ‘Animaniacs’ is your latest childhood obsession to get a reboot Animaniacs first debuted on the WB in 1993 and ran for 99 episodes. Mashable first reported rumor of a reboot in May 2017, when the show’s resurgent popularity on Netflix was gaining attention. (It’s since been…

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How one ‘Simpsons’ punchline emotionally scarred a whole generation

It’s 2017, and some things just won’t stand anymore. Hollywood’s twisted norms are being ripped apart, from habitually silenced sexual misconduct to blatant whitewashing and irresponsible racial representation. The last of that delightful trifecta is the subject of The Problem With Apu, a new truTV documentary about how The Simpsons‘ breakout caricature became the bane of an entire racial diaspora’s existence. SEE ALSO: 2015 was the tipping point for South Asians on TV The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu’s personal vendetta against the fictional title character.…

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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Twitter bans Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its service

Twitter has banned Russian media companies Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service after it found that both had “attempted to interfere with the [2016 U.S.] election on behalf of the Russian government” using the social network. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” the company said. Twitter confirmed that the two media firms are the…

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being a thorn in the side of Obamacare repeal bill

When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent. The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable.  SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel’s baby may save healthcare for 30 million people Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved…

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